Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Last-minute bills involve spending, saving billions of dollars

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Three bills tackling complex and highly charged issues were introduced Tuesday and Wednesday, a week before the 2015 General Assembly adjourns sine die (without a date for meeting again). That means hearings over the next five working days that will stretch late into the night on...

  • Colorado House, Senate at odds over agency's telecom oversight role

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    DENVER - House Democrats and Senate Republicans are at odds again, this time over whether to renew all or just part of the Office of Consumer Counsel, a state agency that represents the public during hearings for proposed utility rate increases. Senate Republicans want to continue the...

  • Colorado farmers, ranchers cite water rights in fighting bill

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Several farmers and ranchers along the Lower Arkansas River remain opposed to a bill they say will harm their water rights, but proponents say Senate Bill 212 is essential to protect the public from floods and contaminated water. "It does harm rights, or it has the potential to harm...

  • Colorado bill that aims to close tax increment financing loophole introduced

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    With six days remaining this legislative session, a bill has been introduced that would require voter approval before urban renewal tax incentives can be used for agricultural land. Senate Bill 284 is co-sponsored by Senate President Bill Cadman and Majority Leader Mark Scheffel....

  • Buckner's sick leave trims Democrat majority in Colorado House

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    DENVER - The Colorado General Assembly session will wrap up next week. Here is a look at what happened at the Capitol on Tuesday: Sick leave trims Dem majority Rep. John Buckner, D-Aurora, is out sick for the remaining six days of the 2015 legislative session, leaving Democrats with...

  • Fetal homicide bill passes Senate, on to House

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Senate President Bill Cadman's bill to create homicide charges for the death of an unborn child passed out of the Senate Tuesday on an 18-17 party line vote. Democrats say the bill will open the door for women to be prosecuted for medical decisions like abortions or denying a...

  • Colorado law could allow for use of medical marijuana on school grounds

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    DENVER - A bill that cracks down on large unregulated medical marijuana grows owned by caregivers was amended Monday in a House committee to allow a student's prescribed medical marijuana onto school property. Jack's Amendment is named for Jack Splitt, a 14-year-old middle school...

  • Fetal homicide bill likely to pass Colorado Senate

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    DENVER - Senate President Bill Cadman introduced his fetal homicide bill on the floor of the Senate on Monday by describing a long list of Colorado crimes where pregnant women were killed or harmed but the suspects didn't face murder charges for the unborn child. They included the...

  • Urban renewal at heart of dueling bills in Colorado Statehouse

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Colorado counties are again trying to get a say in how and when property tax dollars are pledged to urban renewal projects. Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill in 2014 that attempted to do just that, but state lawmakers are trying again this year. In an interesting twist, however,...

  • Governor praises cooperation as he signs off on Colorado budget

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed the state's $25 billion budget that increases funding for K-12 education and higher education and invests millions for the first time in eight years in transportation needs. "In a lot of states the partisanship is so divisive, and here there...

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